White House – “The U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan”

Kabual NEO August 2021

On April 6, 2023, the Biden administration has released a statement that outlines the key decisions and challenges surrounding the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. This 12-page PDF covers the time period from when President Biden took office to the aftermath of the disastrous and chaotic withdrawal that was completed on August 31, 2021.


  • Background and President Biden
  • Decision to Leave
  • Planning for the Withdrawal
  • Warning about Potential Evacuation
  • Triggering the Evacuation
  • The Evacuation and the Attack at Abbey Gate
  • Keeping our Promise to American Citizens and Afghan Partners
  • Rebuilding Long-Term Capacity
  • Putting the United States on Stronger Footing


U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan, The White House, April 6, 2023, PDF, 12 pages.

Photo: U.S. Marines from the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response Central Command provide security during the Kabul NEO on August 20, 2021. (Photo by Lance Cpl Nicholas Guevara).